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The Horse You Came In On (Richard Jury #12)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,732 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
"Intricate and entertaining . . . A delicious puzzle."
- The Boston Globe

The murder is in America, but the call goes out to Scotland Yard superintendent Richard Jury. Accompanied by his aristocratic friend Melrose Plant and by Sergeant Wiggins, Jury arrives in Baltimore, Maryland, home of zealous Orioles fans, mouth-watering crabs, and Edgar Allan Poe.

In his efforts to s
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published July 2nd 1994 by Ballantine Books (first published 1993)
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Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Like this series: plots, cast, and humor (usually there is some). Some vulgarity, no sex or graphic violence. Read well by Steve West. Recommended.
Oct 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I still enjoy the interactions of Plant, Jury and Wiggins but I really disliked this book and almost quit a couple of times.
I found it rambling and disjointed with way too much unnecessary babbling about sports and reading out loud of manuscripts.
If there were books just about the residents of Long Piddleton and what they get up to without all the unnecessary extraneous information, I'd enjoy them immensely!
Time to take a break from this series and read something else.
Alice Harbin
Jul 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
A convoluted story within several minor stories and several characters. The setting is in England initially and then moves to Baltimore, MD. Three murders have occurred there which are seemingly unrelated. Several of the characters are writers, one of who has lots of writer’s block and has a competitor who is stealing the content of her novels. Some small romances are ongoing. The conversations are misleading as so much of the time, no one wants to really say what they are thinking. There are se ...more
Michael Smith
Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I began reading this series at the beginning, intending to work my way straight through to the end. It started out okay, and I enjoyed the characters the author developed -- not only Detective Superintendent Richard Jury and his wealthy, once-titled buddy, Melrose Plant, but also the recurring villagers of Plant’s acquaintance and Jury’s apartment house neighbors and colleagues at work. Often they were better done than the actual plot, which are mostly getting sloppier and less thoughtful. This ...more
Kamas Kirian
Not my favorite Jury novel. I do remember reading this before when it first came out and thought it not up to par with most of the earlier novels, and this second time through confirmed that impression for me.

Plenty of Melrose. Actually, I really like the mystery part dealing with Melrose, Jury and Wiggins. But none of the new characters involved pulled me in, most were simply there and flat. The whole thing with the stories (those written by Melrose, Trueblood, Ellen, Salve and Poe) being read
Jun 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
"Prose seems to be falling off just a bit," said Jury..."Definitely fallen off," said Jury, yawning.

Yes, even Superintendent Richard Jury seems to acknowledge it in this Martha Grimes cozy mystery. The prose has definitely fallen off. Fallen off a cliff, in fact.

When I commit to reading a book, I stick with it to the very end. Even when I find myself skimming rapidly over sections of it because the writing is so bad. That certainly happened with this book. Frankly, it was one of those times when
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
#12 in the New Scotland Yard Superintendent Richard Jury mystery series. This mystery is composed of a umber of disparate elements which somewhat come together at the end. Typical of the Jury series, a umber of plot items are left unresolved.

Jury is on leave and feeling a bit down, wondering whether he wants to continue at Scotland Yard and is contacting friends in other police forces as to whether they would hire him. The death of an aristocrat's friend who Jury met earlier ask Jury's superiors
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Richard Jury and Melrose Plant are each looking into a suspicious death as a favor to a friend, and of course it turns out that the deaths are related. They have traveled to America, with Sgt. Wiggins, and they all learn quite a lot about peerages. With the mystery centered in Baltimore, it turns out that the victims are unknowingly related to the first Lord Baltimore. Then there's Maryland history and controversy over a Poe manuscript, and a detailed tour of Baltimore with Hughie the cabbie. Qu ...more
Martha Greenough
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
formulatic. to excess.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
A big disappointment. First inspector Jury I was disappointed in.
Jimmie Lee Johnson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: grimes
Another good read by Martha Grimes. Takes place mostly in Baltimore for a change.
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
No. 12 in the Richard Jury series.[return][return]Jury is on sick leave but when have such trivialities ever deterred Chief Superintendent Racer from his pathetic attempts to harass Jury? As a result, it is from Racer that Jury learns that Lady Cray, whom he met on a recent case, has asked for him specifically to investigate a strange murder in the US, that of Philip Calvert. Along with Melrose Plant (who has his own personal reasons for visiting the US) and that martyr to health, the long-suffe ...more
Sep 29, 2012 added it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
"Martha Grimes does not really end her books in cliff hangers, but the endings usually make you want to pick up her next book, which is exactly what I did. In this installment of the series, Jury, Wiggins and Plant go across the ocean to the old colony in order to continue an investigation started back home at the insistence of Lady Cray. As with all Martha Grimes books, I was highly entertained throughout the entire book. The blurb on the back of the book says: "Accompanied by his aristocratic ...more
Oct 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-mystery
Martha Grimes does not really end her books in cliff hangers, but the endings usually make you want to pick up her next book, which is exactly what I did. In this installment of the series, Jury, Wiggins and Plant go across the ocean to the old colony in order to continue an investigation started back home at the insistence of Lady Cray. As with all Martha Grimes books, I was highly entertained throughout the entire book. The blurb on the back of the book says: "Accompanied by his aristocratic f ...more
Thomas Bruso
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You are not a true mystery aficionado until you have read a Martha Grimes book.

Reading a Martha Grimes novel is an always entertaining and pleasing departure from the humdrum of real life, even when the deliciously unruffled superintendent Richard Jury is not always a major player on the case.

"The Horse You Came in On," the twelfth Richard Jury novel, may not be one of the strongest entries in Grimes' ever popular British mystery series, but the story is still a mystifying puzzle of the highest
Hugh Laybourn
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
not so good, language went downhill
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12- not my favorite, though it finally came together at the end. The alternative setting of Baltimore, MD and both of Philadelphia PA was strange. Jury, Plant and Wiiggins are hailed by plagerized author Ellen Taylor whoonks two murders - a blind and deaf street person and the nephew of a very wealthy British widow, apparently connected to a suspect Edgar Allen Poe manuscript discovered by a now dead doctoral student. Very convoluted, though pulled together with considerable humor at the end.
Jenna Victoria
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Not too fond of American setting this time round
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I never felt like I got a handle on this one, rather like the constant commentary on Ellen's book in this one.

Why the US police force didn't get irritated by a Scotland Yard man digging into one of their murder cases was unfathomable. Why Plant was so cheerfully trundling in and out of homeless groupings and flinging money and clothes about without question was beyond me. And I really do not understand any of these people's romantic relationships. Does no one ever just state how they feel?

Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Martha Grimes and Richard Jury. I have even read this one before but a long time ago. Jury and Melrose are usually in England but this case takes them to Baltimore. When I read this before, I had not been to Baltimore; but reading this again after visiting Baltimore made many scenes more personal and familiar.
The plot is about a possible new Poe manuscript found by a woman who is subsequently murdered along with a homeless man...maybe. Are they related? The writing and language of Grimes
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Set initially in England, Jury is engaged by Lady Dray to investigate the death of a friend's nephew in the U.S. Jury, Wiggins and Melrose Plant travel to Baltimore where there has been more than one suspicious death--including that of a homeless man. the usual characters abound--from several homeless, writers, academics, shop owners, naive young women to the ultra rich. And while Jury seeks logical clues, Plant wanders about town in the taxi of one of the town's character drivers whose informat ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've always had a feeling that Martha Grimes should be classified on the edge of fantasy because there are weird under currents of mental strangeness about the characters and their actions. This one is set mostly in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, and really deals with the writing process. Where do ideas come from, what is style and how is it achieved? What is plagiarism and how do you recognize it? These ideas are paralleled with the matter of identity: who are you, what are you, and who are y ...more
Mark Woodland
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Really, it's not a very good book. I picked it up at a book sale because the title struck me as funny and it had some credentials on the cover. I still have it as a sort of joke.... when people browse my bookshelves, they get this little poke in the eye. It's a murder mystery, which isn't largely my cup of tea. It sells itself as "unique" in many respects, but the only one that really sells is the main character, Richard Jury (I gather he's in others of the author's books) is an English police s ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This is one of my least favorite of Martha Grimes' Inspector Jury mysteries. Perhaps because the location shifted to America? Probably. I much prefer them to be in their natural habitat of GB. The plot was a little rambling and even though all was tied up at the end (in a rather implausible way) it wasn't as satisfying as her other novels. She did leave an 'out' in the clue that she left about Jip.
I am rereading all of her Jury books right now and am noticing that there is more spillover of pas
Dave Holcomb
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
As always with Grimes' Richard Jury novels, this one is great fun. It falls roughly in the middle of the long series of novels, each of which is more-or-less freestanding, but which makes a lot more sense if you've read the ones that preceded it. In this case, the inside jokes and references to long-standing storylines are more frequent, so someone coming to Grimes for the first time might want to wait to read "The Horse You Came In On" until after having gotten a few of the previous books under ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I had extremely high hopes for The Horse You Came in On by Martha Grimes. I thought what could be better than Plant, Jury & his assistant Wiggins going to Baltimore? The mystery was not Grimes best. The EA Poe & city of B'more were outweighed by the books written within a book. Long passages of several manuscripts from various fictional writers was too much for me. I am sure Grimes had fun writing a forged Poe story but I found myself skimming. The best part of the book was Hughie, the c ...more
2 stars only because of Wiggins in Baltimore being... well... Wiggins. Because I have no idea why Martha Grimes wrote this. Exposition is easily 75% of the novel. A fake manuscript of Poe, Plant that writes to keep Vivian in England and Jury at loose ends. There isn't much to get the reader's attention in this. I finished it because well.. I'm a completist and I hoped it would get better, it didn't.
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
This Richard Jury mystery didn't live up to my expectations. Even though the fake Poe manuscript was cleverly handled, it seemed to me to be rather pretentious of the characters to take it so seriously. I also had a hard time believing that the two deaths that Jury and Melrose were investigating were related. It did have some intriguing senes involving Melrose's writer friend chained to her desk. Haha
Jun 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
so i am rereading my Jury books and I did not remember this one at all...I remember there was one when Jury goes to the Southwest but this one...Plant and Jury in Baltimore. It was a hot mess. Ellen's story about her writing/book was boring and not relevant at all. But of course the conceit that Jury has to go to Baltimore so solve a murder because the Baltimore police can't...I don't know -like I said - a hot mess.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
It's so far the very worst of a not very good series.

The steady characters are all really annoying and were even more so in this book. And coupled with a plot that sputtered and swooped and was just so totally improbable, I'm ready to give up.

I had hopes for the characters when I started the series, figured they'd settle into themselves as the author progressed, and for a while that seemed to be happening. This book though was a total disaster.
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Martha Grimes is an American author of detective fiction.

She was born May 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to D.W., a city solicitor, and to June, who owned the Mountain Lake Hotel in Western Maryland where Martha and her brother spent much of their childhood. Grimes earned her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Maryland. She has taught at the University of Iowa, Frostburg State University, and Montg
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